Activism Needs Introverts
Mar31

Activism Needs Introverts

Today’s TED video lesson is about activism and personality. Many people think that if you want to change the world, you need to be outgoing – in other words, an extrovert. But is that really true? Isn’t it possible that the world could be changed by introverts? In this TED video, Sarah Corbett argues just that point. The Video   Vocabulary Activism /ˈaktɪvɪz(ə)m/ – noun – the policy or action of...

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Apartment Blocks [IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer]
Mar03

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Apartment Blocks [IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer]

Today I’m giving you a sample answer for an IELTS Writing Task 2 question that I heard about recently. Question Nowadays, most people in cities live in large apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages? Analyzing the Question What sort of question is this? I’d say it’s a society question. What about keywords? “People” and “apartment blocks”. What do...

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This app makes it fun to pick up litter
Oct30

This app makes it fun to pick up litter

Today’s TED talk is by Jeff Kirschner and is called “This app makes it fun to pick up litter.” In his six minute talk to the people of New York, he describes a journey he went on in creating an app to help keep the planet clean. Watch Vocabulary crowdsource – verb – obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically...

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Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you
Aug29

Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you

A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows, the data they collect in aggregate could have disastrous consequences for everyone the world over. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully...

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Analyzing an IELTS Task 2 Question
Jul20

Analyzing an IELTS Task 2 Question

In the IELTS Writing Exam, you are mostly being judged on your ability to construct a well-written essay. However, part of the task is responding to the question, and that means being able to pick a question apart to understand exactly what it means, and what you – as the candidate – are required to do. Fortunately, the questions in the IELTS Writing Exam are quite predictable (at least in terms of theme and style) and so...

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